James Baldwin (Aug. 2, 1924 – Dec. 1, 1987)

photo by Dmitri Kasterine, James Baldwin, France, 1979

Happy birthday, Jimmy.

Let’s hope it isn’t too late to listen, listen intently, carefully, minds open, hearts full. Let’s hope…

A Report from Occupied Territory

Negroes have always held, the lowest jobs, the most menial jobs, which are now being destroyed by automation. No remote provision has yet been made to absorb this labor surplus. Furthermore, the Negro’s education, North and South, remains, almost totally, a segregated education. And, the police treat the Negro like a dog.

James Baldwin, July 11, 1966, The Nation

A Talk to Teachers

James Baldwin

(Delivered October 16, 1963, as “The Negro Child – His Self-Image”; originally published in The Saturday Review, December 21, 1963, reprinted in The Price of the Ticket, Collected Non-Fiction 1948-1985, Saint Martins 1985.)

An Open Letter to My Sister, Angela Y. Davis

James Baldwin

Collected Essays : Notes of a Native Son / Nobody Knows My Name / The Fire Next Time / No Name in the Street / The Devil Finds Work / Other Essays (Library of America), James Baldwin

James Baldwin: A BiographyDavid Adams Leeming

Baldwin’s Harlem: A Biography of James BaldwinHerb Boyd

[For over a year or so now, I have been incorporating Baldwin’s work into my public and scholarly writing addressing education, inequity, and racism. Here are a few attempts to do his words and legacy justice.]

James Baldwin, Lisbeth Salander and the Rise of the Police State in Some Children’s Schools (Truthout)

To Jimmy (and Jose), with Love: I Walk Freely Among Racism (Truthout)

What Would James Baldwin Do (Say, Write)? (Truthout)

“The Poor Are Too Free?:” Unlocking the Middle-Class Code (Truthout)

“A Separate and Unequal Education System” 2013

“What You Say about Somebody Else, Anybody Else, Reveals You”

Baldwin and Woodson: Lingering Legacy of Failing Education System

“The Deliberately Silenced, or the Preferably Unheard”

James Baldwin: Challenging Authors (Sense, under contract for late 2013/early 2014), A. Scott Henderson, P. L. Thomas, editors

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